All new PCs sold in 2017 will have Windows 10 pre-installed, with continuous free updates as standard, including the next version of Windows.
Below is a comprehensive list of questions and answers concerning Microsoft's latest operating system.
On this page you will find answers to important questions about Windows 10. Questions will cover issues including upgrade, applications, optimization, security and troubleshooting.
Windows 10 is the successor to Windows 8. Windows 10 is in many ways different than other Windows versions. Windows 10 was launched as a "service," and it means that there will not be a Windows 11 or 12 in the future, but instead Windows will be constantly updated.
Microsoft dropped Windows 9, but it is not entirely clear why. One explanation is that Microsoft believes Windows 10 is such a massive improvement on previous versions of Windows that they decided to skip the number 9 and go straight to 10.
These are the minimum system requirements for Windows 10.
Run File Explorer and select "local disk" or the name of your hard drive in the left hand side menu. From there, right click and select "properties". You should then get information about the size of your hard drive and how much space you have left.
Q. Is it true that Windows 10 is free?
A. It used to be available as a free upgrade for those running official copies of Windows 7 or 8/8.1. However, the option isn't available anymore, but you can still upgrade free of charge, if you use "assistive technologies".
Visit the following page for more information: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/accessibility/windows10upgrade
Q. Is there any time limit for the free upgrade?
A. The time limit for "assistive technologies" free upgrade is 31 December 2017.
Q. Why should I upgrade to Windows 10?
A. If you are dissatisfied with the Windows version you have now, then it's a good reason to upgrade. Many users with Windows 8/8.1 are dissatisfied and would consider it quite natural to upgrade to Windows 10 since it brings back many of the features of previous versions of Windows such as the start menu.
Q. Why should not I upgrade to Windows 10?
A. You're probably thinking that it will be nice to get a brand new Windows version, not least because it is free. However, if you are using Windows 7 or 8 today and you are happy, you might not want to replace an operating system you are comfortable with and has very little bugs.
There are several options to obtain your copy of Windows 10:
What Windows 10 version will i get when upgrading from Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1?
If you have Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 8/8.1, you get Windows 10 Home.
If you have Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate or Windows 8.1 Pro you get the Windows 10 Pro.
You can find this information by clicking on the Windows tab and select SETTINGS > SYSTEM > ABOUT.
Yes, it's possible to revert back to your old operating system within 30 days of upgrading. You can perform this by clicking on the Windows tab and then going into Settings > Update and Security > Recovery.
The most important thing is to back up all your important files and data to an external hard drive, or save it in the cloud online, just in case anything goes wrong.
So you don't get any nasty surprises, it's useful to know the following:
Q. How exactly do I upgrade?
A. If you are upgrading to assistive technologies, click on the following link and follow the on-screen instructions.
If you're buying a physical copy (DVD) then instructions will be provided with the case.
Q. Where can I download Windows 10 as an ISO file?
A. For the ISO file visit microsoft.com
There are several methods to reveal the product key for Windows 10. One method is to download a small program called ProduKey. The program does not require installation but you have to unpack it and run it from a selected folder. You can download the program here.
Windows 10 IoT Core is a version of Windows 10 that was launched in August 2015. This is a reduced version (with a minimum number of features) of Windows 10 that is aimed at developers who can use it on hardware such as the Raspberry Pi 2 and MinnowBoard Max.
There are currently 7 versions of Windows 10 those being:
Windows 10 Pro has all the features that Windows 10 Home has, but also has the following:
You can find the entire list at Wikipedia.org.
There are lots of new features and improvements, but the biggest has to be the return the Start Menu, a new web browser called "Edge" and improved speed and security.
According to Microsoft, yes. If you make significant changes to your PC, you must purchase a new license for Windows 10, and that includes replacing the motherboard. Read more at microsoft.com. If you are in this situation, try contacting Microsoft and ask if they are flexible on this matter.
Yes, but it is not free. Go to Start, Settings, Update and Security, Activation. Here you will find a separate button for the Windows Store where you can purchase the upgrade.
No, says Windows expert Ed Bott. The product key is stored in the cloud and recalled automatically for a specific device.
When you upgrade to Windows 10, the activation status is checked and recorded. A new license certificate is created. This is something that is unique to the machine (device) and not the user.
In 2017, you should have no problem finding a PC that comes pre-installed with Windows 10. There will still be a few major big chain stores selling off old or refurbished PCs are running on either Windows 7 or 8. This is very rare, but doublecheck before buying.
Because Windows 10 is to be updated "continuously" it would seem reasonable to assume that there will be an end to "Service Packs". Microsoft plans to launch what is now calls "Service Release".
No, if you have Windows 10 Home. You can only disable Windows updates if you have Windows 10 Pro. The reason that automatic updates are compulsory on the home version is because computer users do not check for updates regularly and this leaves computers vulnerable to security holes and attacks.
There are many who oppose the measure because it means you may end up with a software update that causes problems with certain drivers or software programs on your PC before it's been mass tested by computer users.
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